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Italian bobsledder banned for doping
ROME (AP): Italian bobsledder William Frullani has been banned for seven months after failing a doping test at the Sochi Olympics.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court issued the verdict yesterday after a prosecutor had requested a one-year ban.
Frullani tested positive for the banned stimulant dimetylpentylamine on Feb 18 and was kicked out of the Sochi Games.
He was slated to be the brakeman for Italy's four-man team in Sochi but was removed before he competed.
The 35-year-old Frullani was a five-time national champion in the decathlon and heptathlon before turning to the bobsled.
The ban will expire April 30.
India boxer refuses medal at Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea (AP): Within hours of India boxer L. Sarita Devi rejecting her Asian Games bronze medal, boxing officials opened a disciplinary case against her yesterday.
In protest at what she called "biased judgment" for her semi-finals loss in the women's 60-kilogram class, a tearful Sarita went to the podium but refused to bend down to let the medal be placed over her neck. She took the medal in hand, went across, and slipped it on to the neck of Park Ji-na, the South Korean who beat her on Tuesday. Park tried to give it back, then left it on the podium.
World boxing governing body AIBA said in a statement that it would announce the decision of its case after the Asian Games ends on Saturday.
Olympiakos fans clash with police
MALMO, Sweden (AP): Swedish police say Olympiakos fans scuffled with police and security guards upon arrival at Malmo Airport ahead of a Champions League match against Malmo FF yesterday.
Police spokesman Patric Fors said the trouble started when one of the Greek supporters was arrested for shoplifting at the airport.
Fifteen other supporters tried to set him free, clashing with police and security guards.
Fors said two guards were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Kagawa, Honda in Japan squad for friendlies
TOKYO (AP): Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan's Keisuke Honda are in Japan's 23-man squad for Asian Cup warm-up matches against Jamaica and Brazil.
Japan coach Javier Aguirre also called up Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki, Cordoba forward Mike Havenaar, and three uncapped players - J-Leaguers Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani, and Yu Kobayashi - as he looks for his first win since taking over from Alberto Zaccheroni.